On Thursday, Microsoft announced its second quarter earnings, with a record of $19.95 billion. The software giant also posted its highlights of the year, one of them being the amount of Xbox 360 Kinect units sold.
Microsoft reported that Kinect sold 8 million units in just 60 days, far exceeding the company’s goal. Microsoft lived up to its goal when they announced back in September that Kinect will “blow away” iPad sales.
It took Apple 28 days to sell the first million iPads, and the first three million in 80 days, which is far less than Microsoft’s 8 million in 60 days. In terms of availability, the iPad was launched in the United States first, before being made available in nine more countries a month later. Although the two products are very different, they are in a very unique market for mobile computing and controller-less gaming.
The Kinect for Xbox 360 has made a big impact on the market, even selling faster than PlayStation 3’s Move. Kinect turns your Xbox 360 intro a controller-less gaming system, allowing for the user to control the game with their hands and body, without the need to hold or wear any peripherals.